Gadget / Apple to add sleep tracking feature to Apple Watch in 2020

India Today : Feb 28, 2019, 10:02 AM

Apple is planning to add sleep monitoring feature to Apple Watch. Apple is already testing sleep monitoring feature at its headquarters. Apple is likely to add sleep monitoring feature to Apple Watch in 2020. Apple relies on the Clock app on its iPhones and third-party sleep-monitors to provide sleep-tracking data via its Health app on its smartphones. Apple Watches are designed to provide a day-long battery life.

As of now, Apple relies on the Clock app on its iPhones and third-party sleep-monitors to provide sleep-tracking data via its Health app on its smartphones. And it's smart watches don't have dedicated sensors that can track sleeping cycle of users. On the other hand, Fitbit, which is Apple's biggest rival in the smartwatch, packs some advanced sleep tracking features on its smart watches and fitness trackers that can not only track the total sleep time and quality of sleep but they can also differentiate between various sleep cycles - light, deep and REM sleep cycles.

Sleep monitoring is a critical functionality that Apple needs to add to its smart watches if it wants to up its ante against Fitbit, which is widely popular in the domain of fitness-tracking wearables. However, sleep-monitoring is not the only feature that Apple needs to work on. As the publication noted, Apple also need to improve the battery-life of its smartwatches to be able to track sleep-cycle at night. While Fitbit smartwatches are designed to provide a week-long's battery life, Apple Watches are designed to provide a day-long battery life, which makes a prolonged usage a tad bit difficult.